La Porte County EMS has a fleet of 12 ALS ambulances to provide around the clock Advanced Life Support to the residents and visitors of La Porte County. In addition to our on-line ambulances, we also have 3 ALS support vehicles that our operated by our Captains. These vehicles allow our Captains to respond while off duty to assist our on duty staff. We also have an Mass Casualty Incident Response trailer. This trailer is equipped to handle scenes with up to 50 patients. Additional, La Porte County EMS has 2 UTV’s: a John Deere Gator UTV and a Kabota UTV both outfitted with EMS equipment. It is used for special events with limited access for our ambulances, such as events at Washington Park, Stone Lake, the County Fair, and several high school sporting events or remote access areas such as Kingsbury FWA. Lastly, La Porte County EMS has two Command vehicles operated by the Administrator and Assistant Administrator, which are also ALS equipped. Our fleet is well maintained thanks to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Garage.
The First Responder program is vital to the success of EMS in La Porte County. La Porte County EMS is assisted on medical calls by First Responders from the fire departments within La Porte County. They are certified through the State of Indiana as Medical First Responders or as EMT’s. They provide initial medical care to the residents and visitors of La Porte County. They are able to provide our EMT’s and Paramedic’s with valuable information when we arrive on scene. They provide basic life support interventions prior to the arrival of EMS. La Porte County was one of the first counties in Indiana to have an official Medical First Responder program, with several other counties modeling their systems after La Porte County. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to these men and women who provided an invaluable service to La Porte County EMS and to La Porte County.